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According to most everything IÆve read or heard, it seems a foregone conclusion that Rich Harden wonÆt be wearingáaáCubs uniformánext year. á But wait, not so fast.

With HardenÆs history of injuries, I would be surprised if he received a multiple-year offer from anybody. If some team has a brain cramp and does so, then the Cubs will say goodbye. Otherwise, IÆd like to see him come back. á I know the Cubs need payroll flexibility. But good starting pitching is hard to find. It seems reasonable to pay a guy like Harden $10 million or so for one more year. á Let's say they offer him arbitration. If he leaves for another club, at least the Cubs get compensation. If he accepts the offer, the Cubs might end up overpaying for his services, but it would be for only one year. á W ...

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